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New Pressures Threaten California Ecosystems

A proposal to send more water to Central Valley fields and Southern California neighborhoods could undermine ecological gains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, environmentalists say. >> Read the Full Article

France to Host Nuclear Fusion Project, Says EU Source

The European Union is confident of a deal on Tuesday for France to host a $12 billion global nuclear fusion project after Japan signalled it would give up its bid in return for compensation, an EU source said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

China Hopes to Flush Smelly Toilet Image

Beijing hopes the smelly reputation of its public restrooms will be, well, flushed down the toilet soon. City officials will use the 2004 World Toilet Summit, starting Nov. 17, to showcase efforts to transform the capital's lavatories from foul to fragrant, from crude to cultured. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Try to Save Largest Salamander

The population of North America's largest salamander is plummeting in Missouri and Arkansas, and scientists from five states met to consider how to prevent the creature's disappearance. >> Read the Full Article

Japan to Meet Kyoto Protocol Targets by Buying Rights to Pollute from Companies in 2006

Japan's government said Monday it will try to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions promised under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming by purchasing the right to pollute from Japanese companies. >> Read the Full Article

Eight Nations Find Arctic Warming Quickly

Scientists say changes in the earth's climate from human influences are occurring particularly intensely in the Arctic region, evidenced by widespread melting of glaciers, thinning sea ice and rising permafrost temperatures. >> Read the Full Article

New Fish-Labeling Law Proves Controversial

Seafood consumers wondering where their fish comes from will probably welcome a new federal law that takes effect in April 2005. >> Read the Full Article

Farmers Keep an Eye on WTO's Agricultural Trade Negotiations

When yields for soybeans and corn are higher than normal, as they are this fall, farming in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan can be profitable despite prices that are lower than last year's. >> Read the Full Article

EU Files Complaint Against U.S., Canada

The European Union's head office said Monday it had filed a complaint against the United States and Canada for failing to lift sanctions against the EU over its ban on imports of hormone-treated beef. >> Read the Full Article